When to Visit Hershey, PA
The most popular time to visit Hershey is from June to August. During these months, schools are out and families are on vacation. With clear weather and warm temperatures that average in the low to mid-80s Fahrenheit, all the attractions in and around Hershey are open during these months. You can experience it all, but be ready to pay more for a hotel room at this time of year. Also know you'll have to deal with larger crowds than in other seasons.
Once summer break ends, the crowds leave and you can get a pretty good deal on a hotel room as long as you avoid popular holidays. Many attractions stay open at least through Labor Day, and some even stay open through Halloween. While temperatures in September start out in the mid-70s, by October, highs drop to the mid-60s, and by November they barely get out of the 50s. You'll want to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly.
Visiting Hershey December through February has positives and negatives. If you're looking for an excellent hotel deal, these are the months to go as long as you avoid the days around Christmas. However, temperatures rarely get out of the 30s and 40s, and snow is common. Since the weather is cold, outdoor attractions close during these months, and even some indoor attractions shut down as well.
Once spring rolls around, the temperatures start to warm up, the snow melts, and the attractions open up again. Temperatures in March are still chilly, and the average high is in the upper 40s. By April, highs are in the lower 60s, and May brings comfortable temperatures reaching the lower 70s. Since many attractions are only open on select weekends until Memorial Day, you can find some pretty good deals on hotel rooms during these months.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Hershey, PA:
Hershey, PA: Prices by Star Rating Class
Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Hershey, PA. Browse these charts to determine the best time period to make a reservation in Hershey during the year.
Luxury Hotel Options in Hershey, PA
4 Star Average Prices: $152.87
For a little something extra during your stay, check out one of the luxury hotels in Hershey. The Hotel Hershey is an upscale resort that's a 10-minute walk from Hersheypark. Choose from stylish rooms, elegant suites, or spacious cottages. If you need to unwind after a long day at the amusement park, book a spot at The Spa. Here you can pamper yourself with chocolate-inspired treatments such as a whipped cocoa bath, chocolate sugar scrub, cocoa massage, or chocolate facial.
With so many activities available, the Hershey Lodge is a great resort for families. The resort features Hershey's Water Works, an indoor pool complex with water slides, a tipping bucket, spray zone, and multiple pools. If you get hungry, you have plenty of dining options. Stop by Lebbie Lebkicher's in the morning for a hearty breakfast. In the afternoon, head to The Bears' Den and enjoy your sandwich in a hockey rink atmosphere in honor of the hometown team, the Hershey Bears. For dinner, choose a fresh dish from the seasonal menu at the Hershey Grill.
While downtown Hershey is just 10 miles away from the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, you can also head out a little further and explore Lancaster's Amish Country. While you're at the hotel, relax in your room and enjoy amenities like free bottled water, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds, flat-panel televisions with cable channels, and free wireless internet access. When you get hungry, head to Dog and Pony Restaurant, which has a breakfast buffet, and serves lunch and dinner as well.
Affordable Hotel Options in Hershey, PA
3 Star Average Prices: $115.50
If you'd rather save money in your travel budget to explore attractions around Hershey, consider staying in one of the affordable hotel options around the area. The Best Western Inn Hershey is a family friendly hotel in the business district. The hotel is less than three miles from ZooAmerica, Hershey's Chocolate World, and The Hershey Story Museum. Before you head out to explore the town, fill up on the free continental breakfast. While you're at the hotel you can enjoy the outdoor pool, free wireless internet access, and complimentary self parking.
The Cocoa Motel features an outdoor pool, 24-hour front desk, and coffee and tea in the lobby. All 31 rooms come with conveniences such as televisions with cable channels, free wireless internet access, free local calls, microwaves, and refrigerators. While you're staying at the hotel, you'll be close to attractions like Hershey Theater, Hersheypark Stadium, and Hershey's Chocolate World.
The Howard Johnson Inn Hershey is just outside of downtown Hershey. The comfortable rooms offer coffee makers, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, free wireless internet access, refrigerators, and microwaves. Start your morning with a quick workout in the fitness center, and then take advantage of the complimentary continental breakfast. During your down time, relax by the outdoor pool, and check your email using the free wireless internet access.